Little Transparency in Central American Budgets

The Open Budget Index 2008 examines and compares the budget transparency of 85 governments, including Central America.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

The index is prepared by the International Budget Partnership (IBP) and the best placed Central American countries (Costa Rica and Guatemala) obtained only 45 out of 100 possible points. El Salvador followed with 37 and then Nicaragua and Honduras with less than 20 points.

The article in Capitales.com indicated that, "The low ratings for all Central American countries reflect, first of all, a limited public access to timely information and spaces which enable them to participate meaningfully in the budgetary process and accountability reports to the government. Also, with the exception of Costa Rica and Panama, the weakness of the supervisory public institutions or comptrollers is an obstacle to fiscal transparency. "

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